Dr. Rajiv Kumar is Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister. He also serves as the Chancellor of Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.
His earlier stint in Government was initially with the Ministry of Industry and subsequently in the Ministry of Finance, as Economic Advisor during the reform years of 1991-1994. He also served as an independent director on the Central Boards of the Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank India.
He has wide experience of having worked in government, academia, industry associations, as well as in international financial institutions.
Dr. Kumar has a Ph.D. in Economics from Lucknow University, India and a D. Phil. From Oxford University, UK.